Too often, individuals will jump right into developing a research proposal with little to no thought of planning. That approach does not maximize the potential of the research to be usable and of value to the overall body of knowledge in the particular discipline or profession.
To develop a research proposal, it is imperative to understand the following critical concepts or components such as the following:
? Research hypothesis
? Research problem statement
? Null hypothesis
? Research variables
? Literature review
? Database versus search engine
? Random sampling
? Data collection
? Quantitative research
For this assignment, you are to prepare a report regarding research proposals in which you answer the following questions:
1. What is a research hypothesis, and how does it differ from the research question?
2. What should be included in the research problem statement?
3. Define a null hypothesis. When would it be used?
4. What are the criteria for establishing research variables?
5. What is the purpose of the literature review in the research proposal?
6. What is a database, and how does it differ from a search engine?
7. What is random sampling, and why is it considered a stronger sampling method than nonrandomized sampling?
8. What are the major methods used for data collection in research?
9. What are the main steps to a research proposal in a quantitative research study?
10. Define reliability. What are 3 aspects of reliability in quantitative research?